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Looking at the life of slain Ada County deputy

When Tobin Bolter was rising up on the east aspect of the San Francisco Bay Area, he used to chase his little sister round in a battery-operated truck, crashing into her pink Barbie convertible Jeep — in what she’d later study is a method regulation enforcement makes use of to cease transferring autos.

After he’d achieved his childhood PIT maneuver, whereas decked out in a police uniform, Bolter would get out of his plastic truck — which had lights and sirens — and attempt to handcuff his sister with tiny plastic restraints. His mother and father would inform younger Tobin that he wasn’t allowed to arrest his sister.

“Tobin wanted to be a police officer his whole life,” Tessa Araujo advised hundreds of individuals Tuesday throughout the memorial service for her 27-year-old brother, who lately had joined the Ada County Sheriff’s Office after a brief stint with the Meridian Police Department.

Hundreds of people gather for a vigil in honor of Ada County Sheriff’s Deputy Tobin Bolter. Members of the law enforcement community, friends and supporters met at Hunter’s Creek Sports Park on April 23 in Star. Darin Oswald/doswald@idahostatesman.comHundreds of people gather for a vigil in honor of Ada County Sheriff’s Deputy Tobin Bolter. Members of the law enforcement community, friends and supporters met at Hunter’s Creek Sports Park on April 23 in Star. Darin Oswald/doswald@idahostatesman.com

Hundreds of individuals collect for a vigil in honor of Ada County Sheriff’s Deputy Tobin Bolter. Members of the regulation enforcement neighborhood, pals and supporters met at Hunter’s Creek Sports Park on April 23 in Star. Darin Oswald/[email protected]

Bolter was shot by 65-year-old Dennis Mulqueen on the night time of April 20 after performing a site visitors cease on the Boise Bench. He died the subsequent morning at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, making him the first Ada County sheriff’s deputy to be killed in the line of duty and leaving the regulation enforcement neighborhood and the Treasure Valley at large in mourning.

Mulqueen was shot and killed by a Boise Police Department officer.

“We’re angry, and we’re confused, and we’re sad,” Ada County Sheriff Matt Clifford mentioned at a vigil in Star, “but the showing of support from the public has given us so much hope.”

Star Mayor Trevor Chadwick, right, and Police Chief Zach Hessing observe a moment of silence during a candlelight vigil honoring Ada County Sheriff’s Deputy Tobin Bolter. Hundreds of community members gathered for the vigil at Hunter’s Creek Sports Park in Star April 23. Darin Oswald/doswald@idahostatesman.comStar Mayor Trevor Chadwick, right, and Police Chief Zach Hessing observe a moment of silence during a candlelight vigil honoring Ada County Sheriff’s Deputy Tobin Bolter. Hundreds of community members gathered for the vigil at Hunter’s Creek Sports Park in Star April 23. Darin Oswald/doswald@idahostatesman.com

Star Mayor Trevor Chadwick, proper, and Police Chief Zach Hessing observe a second of silence throughout a candlelight vigil honoring Ada County Sheriff’s Deputy Tobin Bolter. Hundreds of neighborhood members gathered for the vigil at Hunter’s Creek Sports Park in Star April 23. Darin Oswald/[email protected]

Friends, household element Bolter’s early life

Bolter attended Walnut Creek Christian Academy in California by means of eighth grade, which is when he met future spouse Abbey Wells. The pair “immediately” grew to become greatest pals, Star Police Chief Zach Hessing mentioned throughout an April vigil, however one of her household’s guidelines was that she couldn’t date till after she graduated from highschool.

“So, Tobin stuck around being best friends with her,” mentioned Hessing, who’s employed by means of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office and was requested to spend time with the Bolter household following the capturing.

That is till their senior yr of highschool, when Tobin Bolter — dressed “very nicely” and holding a six-page doc — confirmed up at Abbey Bolter’s home to talk along with her father to elucidate why they need to have the ability to date, Hessing mentioned.

“That shows again his dedication and his love for Abbey,” Hessing mentioned, “and the kind of person he was.”

Ada County Sheriff’s Deputy Tobin Bolter with his wife, Abbey Bolter. Ada County Sheriff's OfficeAda County Sheriff’s Deputy Tobin Bolter with his wife, Abbey Bolter. Ada County Sheriff's Office

Ada County Sheriff’s Deputy Tobin Bolter along with his spouse, Abbey Bolter. Ada County Sheriff’s Office

Hessing wasn’t positive whether or not Abbey Bolter’s father agreed to the courtship, however he mentioned the couple dated in school, the place Tobin Bolter bumped into one other of her father’s guidelines: They couldn’t get married till he had a full-time job.

Tobin Bolter attended The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California — which has since announced a scholarship in Bolter’s reminiscence — finishing a four-year diploma in two-and-half years. He graduated from the personal Christian college outdoors Los Angeles in 2017 with a level in enterprise administration.

Back in the Bay Area in 2017, Bolter joined the police division in Pleasant Hill, which neighbored the neighborhood the place he grew up. During his time there, Bolter labored as a disaster negotiator on the division’s SWAT staff, labored on the auto theft process pressure and obtained a commendation for responding to a “fully engulfed” residence hearth, Police Chief Scott Vermillion mentioned.

“We are a small community, so we do think of him as family,” Vermillion advised the Idaho Statesman by cellphone.

By June 2018, the Bolters bought married. Abbey Bolter’s father, Benjie Wells, referred to as it one of the most “proud” and “joyous” moments of his life, in line with a Facebook publish. Tobin Bolter’s dedication to Abbey Bolter and respect for her, and his dedication to God, was one thing that struck a chord with Bennett Wells, Abbey Bolter’s youthful brother.

“A Christian lives for Christ and not themselves,” Wells mentioned throughout the memorial service. “This reality was foundational in everything Tobin did, big or small. The way he pursued my sister was a reflection of the fact that Christ was the center of his life.

“In my speech at their wedding, I said this: ‘It is abundantly clear that you will be able to lead this family in a way that honors God and honors my sister,’ ” Wells added. “And he did, faithfully, until the very end.”

Tobin Bolter’s father-in-law, Benjie Wells, handed off his daughter during the Bolters' wedding in June 2018. "I will grieve the loss of my brother in Christ and true friend, encouraging all who are grieving the loss of Tobin Bolter to first know God and then trust in Him at all times, pouring out your heart before him,” Wells wrote in a Facebook post. SHANE LOUIS/ProvidedTobin Bolter’s father-in-law, Benjie Wells, handed off his daughter during the Bolters' wedding in June 2018. "I will grieve the loss of my brother in Christ and true friend, encouraging all who are grieving the loss of Tobin Bolter to first know God and then trust in Him at all times, pouring out your heart before him,” Wells wrote in a Facebook post. SHANE LOUIS/Provided

The Bolters would have celebrated six years of marriage in June, but Abbey Bolter said during the service that they’d been best friends for 14 years. She added that he was a “constant source” of entertainment and the best proofreader, and that she’d miss the notes of encouragement he regularly left for her.

Abbey Bolter is pregnant for the second time. The first pregnancy for the Bolters resulted in a miscarriage, several people said during the service.

“We packed a lifetime of memories into the time that God gave us,” Abbey Bolter said. “It is my hope that you will leave this ceremony today understanding how much Tobin loved being a part of the law enforcement community — but mostly how Tobin loved God. His faith consumed every aspect of his life; the depth of Tobin’s faith radiated through his smile and infectious laughter, and I know he wanted nothing more than for you all to consider what will be shared today.”

In 2022, the Bolters decided to move to Idaho hoping for a slower pace of life, and settled in Middleton. That area has seen an influx of people from California looking for a tighter-knit, conservative Christian community, residents told the Statesman.

Tobin Bolter joined the Meridian Police Department before transferring to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office in January. That’s around the time when Sheriff Clifford met Bolter, who he remembered always had “a big grin on his face.”

“That’s what he looked like all the time and I just thought, ‘This kid is so happy to be here,’ ” Clifford said. “And I was so thankful for that.”

Christ was the ‘great unifying passion’ of Bolter’s life, pastor says

Former Pleasant Hills Police Chief Bryan Hill said he met Bolter when he was a 16-year-old volunteer cadet for the Walnut Creek Police Department. Hill said the Walnut Creek department, where he worked at the time, was always in need of role players for scenario-based training.

“Where do you go when you can’t find role players or car washers or any number of crappy and thankless jobs?” Hill said during Bolter’s funeral, which was attended by thousands of law enforcement officers from throughout Idaho.

“Well, of course, you go to the cadets, because those kids will do just about anything.”

There was one kid “with a trademark smile” who played every role, from the hostage to the hostage taker, the angry dad or even the frightened mom, Hill said. That kid was Bolter.

A page in Tobin Bolter’s high school yearbook that explains his time working as a cadet for the Walnut Creek Police Department. The 27-year-old was killed in the line of duty. “The officers I’ve worked alongside have taught me, wether dealing with traffic violators or criminal suspects, that I can treat people with respect and due compassion, as Christ did,” Bolter wrote the yearbook. Nick Harris/ProvidedA page in Tobin Bolter’s high school yearbook that explains his time working as a cadet for the Walnut Creek Police Department. The 27-year-old was killed in the line of duty. “The officers I’ve worked alongside have taught me, wether dealing with traffic violators or criminal suspects, that I can treat people with respect and due compassion, as Christ did,” Bolter wrote the yearbook. Nick Harris/Provided

“He even played the dangerous barricaded parolee,” Hill said. “But I got to tell you this, with that classic boy-next-door face of his and that infectious smile — he didn’t really pull that one off very well.”

Within a few years, Bolter made his dreams a reality. In 2017, Hill, who’d then joined the Pleasant Hill department, hired the 20-year-old Bolter. Hill said he remembered telling Bolter’s family at his swearing-in ceremony — after Bolter had graduated from the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department Police Academy — that while Bolter was the youngest officer he’d ever hired, he was doing so with “great confidence.”

“I knew he was driven, I knew he was mature, and most importantly I knew he had an integrity beyond reproach,” Hill said during the memorial service. “What I didn’t tell that crowd that day, but what I’m telling you all today, is that I knew Tobin was called. I knew he was called to this profession — and I knew of his sincere faith and I knew his sincere faith would guide him and his decisions.”

Ada County Sheriff’s Deputy Tobin Bolter, who was killed in the line of duty, worked for the Pleasant Hill Police Department in California before moving to Idaho in 2022. Members of the Pleasant Hill Police Department traveled to Idaho for the 27-year-old's memorial service. ”To the Bolter family — your courage, poise and eloquence was truly inspiring to us all,” the department said. “We stand with you, and we will continue to always be there for you.” Pleasant Hill Police Department./CourtesyAda County Sheriff’s Deputy Tobin Bolter, who was killed in the line of duty, worked for the Pleasant Hill Police Department in California before moving to Idaho in 2022. Members of the Pleasant Hill Police Department traveled to Idaho for the 27-year-old's memorial service. ”To the Bolter family — your courage, poise and eloquence was truly inspiring to us all,” the department said. “We stand with you, and we will continue to always be there for you.” Pleasant Hill Police Department./Courtesy

That connection between Bolter’s devout faith and his desire to work in law enforcement was something he thought went hand-in-hand. In his high school yearbook, Bolter mentioned his experience as a volunteer cadet and said that the officers he worked alongside taught him — whether during a traffic stop or dealing with a criminal suspect — that he can “treat people with respect and due compassion,” like Christ.

Another aspect of Bolter’s desire to help others came into play as a coach. Less than a year after he graduated from college, Bolter began coaching cross country and track at Berean Christian High School in Walnut Creek, where he went to school.

There would be some days that Bolter would get off duty from the Pleasant Hill police and go straight to the high school to coach, not even having enough time to change his clothes, Berean Christian High School Principal Nick Harris said. On the other days, he’d be dressed up in shorts and sneakers, running alongside the kids.

“He would be out in front leading those kids in a run — showing them the way,” Harris said. “A man who showed up every single day to give back.”

Tobin Bolter graduated from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California, in 2017 with a degree in business administration. While in college, Bolter was a member of the cross country and track and field teams. “Tobin was a passionate follower of the lord Jesus Christ,” TMU cross country and track and field coach Zach Schroeder said in a statement. “In life, his desire was to know Christ and make Him known to the world." CourtesyTobin Bolter graduated from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California, in 2017 with a level in enterprise administration. While in school, Bolter was a member of the cross nation and monitor and subject groups. “Tobin was a passionate follower of the lord Jesus Christ,” TMU cross nation and monitor and subject coach Zach Schroeder mentioned in an announcement. “In life, his desire was to know Christ and make Him known to the world." Courtesy

Almost every person who spoke about Bolter during his memorial service recalled his commitment to God. It was an integral part of the three-hour ceremony, with Bolter’s most recent and former pastors asking those in attendance to turn toward Jesus Christ. Members of Bolter’s church, Compass Bible Church Treasure Valley, also handed out several thousand copies of the Gospel of John following the service.

“This is how Tobin would want it,” Bolter’s mentor Justin Wade mentioned.

In a cellphone interview with the Statesman, Wade, who coaches at Berean Christian High School, mentioned Bolter would need his loss of life to deliver individuals to their religion, including that Bolter would in all probability be a bit of embarrassed by all the consideration.

“He was a very humble guy,” Wade mentioned. “He didn’t like all the attention put on him. He’d definitely rather it go to someone else or give God the credit.”

Kent Dresdow is the senior pastor at NorthCreek Church, the place Bolter went to church in Walnut Creek. He mentioned throughout the memorial service that, whereas what occurred to Bolter was “an unspeakable evil,” Bolter is now in heaven.

“The great unifying passion of Tobin’s life — living for Christ — means that death is gain,” Dresdow mentioned. “Because of the death and resurrection of Christ, Tobin’s in heaven rejoicing with joy inexpressible and filled with joy.”

“Tobin is more alive right now than you are sitting in your chair,” he added.

‘All we could do:’ Citizen recounts the night time of Bolter’s capturing

It was simply earlier than 9 p.m. Saturday, April 20, when Bolter — who was in the early hours of his night time patrol shift — pulled over Mulqueen’s car close to the space of Overland Road and South Raymond Street on the Boise Bench, about one mile from the county’s unincorporated space.

Bolter patrolled unincorporated parts of Ada County, both the north or south aspect relying on the shift, but it surely’s widespread for deputies to journey into the county’s cities. The Sheriff’s Office is situated in Boise, and deputies need to cross by means of the cities to get to sure patrol areas, in line with an company spokesperson.

The Sheriff’s Office beforehand mentioned that it doesn’t know why Bolter stopped Mulqueen, and deputies usually don’t announce the purpose for conducting a site visitors cease over the radio. Mulqueen did have a $3,000 warrant out for his arrest after he missed a December 2023 listening to on a DUI cost, on-line court docket data confirmed.

Dennis Mulqueen Boise Police Department/ProvidedDennis Mulqueen Boise Police Department/Provided

Dennis Mulqueen Boise Police Department/Provided

One of the residents, Dennis Everhart of Boise, advised the Idaho Statesman in a cellphone interview that whereas he was driving down Overland Road that Saturday night time, he noticed Bolter mendacity in the center of the Interchange Business Center car parking zone alongside Overland.

Everhart mentioned he rotated his automotive and headed again to the car parking zone, coming throughout two younger males who’d already gotten out of their pickup truck after listening to Mulqueen’s gunshot. Between the three of them, they utilized stress to Bolter’s neck to attempt to sluggish the bleeding and referred to as 911, however they didn’t give Bolter CPR — as had been beforehand reported by the Sheriff’s Office — as a result of he had a pulse, Everhart advised the Statesman.

“That’s basically all we could do,” Everhart mentioned.

Within minutes, he mentioned, paramedics and different first responders arrived, and Bolter was taken to Saint Alphonsus. He died roughly 12 hours later, in line with the Ada County Coroner’s Office.

In the days following Bolter’s loss of life, the neighborhood confirmed an outpouring of assist for the deputy and the larger regulation enforcement neighborhood. Hundreds of individuals attended vigils all through Idaho, tens of hundreds of {dollars} were raised for Bolter’s household, and regulation enforcement members from throughout the state and farther-reaching areas like Montana, Oregon and California traveled to Idaho for his memorial service.

“This community has lavished our family with prayers, meal services and financial support,” Abbey Bolter mentioned throughout the memorial service. “I’m truly speechless at the generosity of so many individuals. I have seen God’s grace and mercy shown through all of you.”

A two-hour-long procession of law enforcement vehicles escorts the late Tobin Bolter on the way to a funeral held Tuesday at the Ford Idaho Center. The procession began in Eagle and found the streets of Star lined with spectators waving flags, including the Star Fire Department saluting the hearse with a giant U.S. flag flying from a ladder truck. Darin Oswald/doswald@idahostatesman.comA two-hour-long procession of law enforcement vehicles escorts the late Tobin Bolter on the way to a funeral held Tuesday at the Ford Idaho Center. The procession began in Eagle and found the streets of Star lined with spectators waving flags, including the Star Fire Department saluting the hearse with a giant U.S. flag flying from a ladder truck. Darin Oswald/doswald@idahostatesman.com

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